Blanco Negro is happy to announce the new Bromoil paper from Foma Bohemia is now available to purchase online. I sent off a few sample packs to experienced bromoil printers who said their initial testing shows great promise.
Being a novice bromoiler myself, I have yet to take the plunge and have a crack. I did make a series of grade tests as well as a Fomatol PW developer test. It seems the BO 113 has little Chloride salts, so the effect with the PW was minimal. This also explains the neutral colour of the paper. My next step is toner tests, mainly Selenium, Gold and Thiocarbamide, followed by a bromoil run. Fingers crossed I get some sort of result!
The paper is available in either 10/8″ X 25 sheet pack or 11/14″ X 10 sheet pack
The paper can be bought here : https://blanconegro.com.au/product-category/paper/specialty-papers/
Well it has been just over 6 weeks now since I have started working form the bush and I must say you can get sooo much more work finished in a much shorter time. Being off line also helps a hell of a lot. I travel 7 minutes to the top of my hill to get reception and within 30 minutes the days telecommunications is over and done with. Then it is back to the darkroom for a bit more fun.
This week I had my first guests travel the hour and forty minutes from Sydney to use the darkroom. First up was Simon Kennedy working on his solarization creations, flashing the film and the prints. I first taught Simon about 18 months ago and I am very much looking forward to seeing his hand made prints upon a wall. Next up was Stephen Dupont. I’d just finished processing 150+ rolls from his ongoing project and Steve came up to save some $$$ by making his own contact sheets. Both fellas said the accommodation in the studio was comfy and the BBQ not too bad…
Steve checks out his contact prints
Simon after printing until 2am
In some other news… Please note that REWIND PHOTO LAB now stocks a range of Foma materials for all you Sydney-siders…
I shall be away from the 9th – 14th November working at Gold Street Studios (again!). I will not be able to process any online orders at this time… I am at Gold St. be the lab rat for The Large Format Gathering, where I’ll be processing for about 6 hours straight for up to 25+ photographer all shooting between 5/4″ – 16/20″ sheet films. This is an yearly event in it’s 11th year. Goodness knows how many sheets I’ve processed since then… More info HERE
Exhibition news… Short, yet sweet: “Fragile Bounty”. Collodion tintype photographs by Phillip England at Nolan Gallery, HOBART.
From Nov 10-Dec 6.
You are very welcome to join me at the opening of my upcoming exhibition, Fragile Bounty, at 6pm, Friday November 10 at Nolan Gallery, 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart.
Fragile Bounty is inspired by the uniqueness, fragility and beauty of the Earth’s precious bounty. The works are made using one of the earliest photographic processes, collodion tintype: handmade, one-of-a-kind, image objects. Showing until December 6.”
Darkroom gear for sale from Paul P.
“I have an LPL 7700 6×7 enlarger and some darkroom accessories for which I have no further need and would like to find a good home for.
Would you be interested in them or know of someone who might be?”
More stuff for sale:
From Barry P. “Darkroom equipment attached, as discussed.”
Anyone interested in the darkroom gear, please contact me directly and I will pass on the enquiry.
And that’s about it until my return from Gold Street Studios.
Last week I completed a series of handcrafted fibre prints for Adrian Cook. Adrian recently travelled to NYC and had meetings with a few print collectors / gallery owners. I think he received the best compliment any photographer can wish for. A collector ordered 3 of his images.
Although they were from digital files (taken either with an iPhone or digital camera), using the De vere DS 504 digital enlarger (pictured top) we made a few editions of each, gave them an archival selenium tone and are now on their way to a new home in America…. Because they are on fibre, we know they will stand the test of time.
137 rolls of film, developed & proofed (by hand). 1 lab rat + 1 assistant Bradley Scott. 12 hour day in the dark. Thanks Steve Dupont! I’ll be closing for Christmas next week, the 20th being my last day. Back again on the 6th of January. Cheers!!